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The incredible maths trick that works out your age and shoe size (plus how it works)

Can we guess your age and shoe size? This simple maths trick has taken the internet by storm<p>Here’s a simple maths trick your can impress your friends and family with.<p>The 'magical' maths trick which shows how you can determine a person’s age from their shoe size has been widely shared on social …

Britney Spears's Guide to Physics Is Still the Best Science Website From 1999

Its creator says, “It will probably be the only thing people remember about me.”<p>At the dawn of the millennium, something beautiful and weird emerged from the era's cultural detritus and made it onto the then-burgeoning internet: Britney Spears' Guide to Semiconductor Physics, found via the …

Quantum Mechanics

Ten top languages for crunching Big Data

Google uses Search as a secret job interview tool

Shutterstock<p>Google is well known for its love of puzzles and leaving little hidden secrets dotted around and it turns out that the company applies similar techniques while it is on the hunt for new employees too.<p>Max Rosett, a new Google employee, blogged about his recent recruitment experience at …

Employment

Friction Fighters — NOVA Next

Is friction real? Once, with the quiet certainty of someone who just stayed up all night in the company of equations describing concrete, my college …

At near absolute zero, molecules may start to exhibit exotic states of matter

The air around us is a chaotic superhighway of molecules whizzing through space and constantly colliding with each other at speeds of hundreds of …

Blind quantum computing method surpasses efficiency 'limit'

(Phys.org)—Demonstrating that limits were made to be broken, physicists have overcome what was previously considered to be a natural and universal …

Physics

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An H-R diagram for the 9 kinds of physics undergrad

In my continuing effort to present cutting-edge research, I present here my findings on the <b>9 kinds of physics undergrad</b>.<p>First, let’s look at a …

After NSA leaks, businesses seek security in quantum physics

Cryptography is having a rough few months. On September 5th, leaked NSA documents revealed a systematic effort by the agency to undermine encrypted communications across the board, breaking accepted standards like SSL and systematically weakening others. But while the news has been unsettling for …

Physics: What We Do and Don’t Know

In the past fifty years two large branches of physical science have each made a historic transition. I recall both cosmology and elementary particle …

Minecraft mod incorporates quantum physics into gameplay

A new <i>Minecraft</i> modpack called <i>qCraft</i> allows users to dabble in quantum physics using the game's world, according to a post from Google Quantum AI Lab Team.<p>The pack, which you can see in action in the video above, adds new blocks with quantum entanglement, superposition and observer dependency …

Oldest and most distant galaxy ever discovered was a prolific star factory

Exceptionally high rate of star formation in the galaxy, formed a mere 700m years after the big bang, has baffled astronomers<p>Astronomers have spotted the most distant galaxy ever seen after a faint ray of light struck a telescope on a volcano in the middle of the Pacific.<p>The ancient group of stars …

How To Turn Your Camera Into A Photosynthesis Detector

In about an hour, you can hack a camera to only display blue, green, and near-infrared light, which will give you a lovely view of plant life.<p>Members of Public Lab, an online civic science community, wanted to build an inexpensive tool to measure plant health. Their solution: convert an obsolete …

A Very Simple Explanation Of The Higgs Boson

François Englert and Peter Higgs just received the Nobel Prize in Physics for laying the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson. But can someone please explain what a Higgs is? Like, really simply.<p>François Englert and Peter Higgs have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, as was pretty …

Physics

The Week In Numbers: NASA Shuts Down, The First Artificial Pancreas, And More

<b>97 percent</b>: the portion of NASA employees who were furloughed by the government shutdown this week. Happy 55th birthday, NASA.<p><b>1,800 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the estimated temperature of Kepler-7b, the first planet outside of our solar system on which scientists have been able to map out clouds<p><b>5</b>: the …

Large Hadron Collider

Glass just two atoms thick shatters world record - Futurity

A “pane” of glass so impossibly thin that its individual silicon and oxygen atoms are …

Best 3D map yet of central bulge of the Milky Way

Astronomers have found that our galaxy’s inner regions take on a peanut-like, or X-shaped, appearance from some angles.<p>Two groups of astronomers have …

Universe

Patent Suggests Google Is Designing A More Normal-Looking Google Glass

An unearthed Google patent, originally filed in March 2012, documents a new variant on the Google Glass headset. In the patent, Google described a Glass edition built into a traditional-looking set of eyeglasses. Perhaps soon, users with who already have spectacles won’t need to hack Google …

Google Glass

Voyager 1 Has Entered Interstellar Space

After 36 years, we can wave goodbye to our pal.<p>36 years after launch, Voyager 1 has officially left the solar system, according to NASA officials.<p>We've been waiting for years for Voyager to break through the last boundary of the heliosphere, which is the region of space which particles spurted out …

The first-ever naturally occurring gears are found on an insect's legs

Gears are a potent symbol of human industry, a sign of mechanical wonder or a cold assembly line. If you had to pick something to stand against the natural world, they'd be a pretty likely pick — except that as it turns out, insects discovered them first. In a paper published today in <i>Science</i>, …

Triposo Travel Belt vibrates to help you locate attractions (video)

A decade ago, all but the most connected of travelers would leave phones and other devices at home, opting instead to plan visits to restaurants, museums and other tourist sites from a paperback book. Now, with mobile data and services like KeepGo enabling cheap roaming when you're abroad, there's …

No fingerprint sensor required: SilentSense knows it’s you from your taps and swipes

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Move over, Touch ID. Apple’s(s appl) new fingerprint sensing technology in the iPhone 5s may soon be joined by an alternative …

Mark Rober left Nasa to make awesome wearable tech Halloween costumes

On 21 August, former Nasa engineer and now Halloween costume designer Mark Rober flew into London from Los Angeles. "I could see the London Eye and I …